The lake was almost completely drained by the dane Peter Berendt Feilberg in the 1860s. The effort to recreate it was completed in 2004. The lake is in both the municipality of Trelleborg and in Skurup.
The Näsbyholm lake formed after the last ice age 17000 years ago. Before the drainage in the 1860s it was southern Scania's largest lake.
The King of Sweden came to Skurup to inaugurate the recreated lake on the 10th of May 2004.
The lake is home to several species of birds, some who nest there in spring, such as swans and common coot, while others hunt there in autumn and winter, for example black kite and common buzzard.